Harwich Information

 

The Town of Harwich is a resort and residential community located on the south side of the Cape peninsula, with an extensive shoreline on Nantucket Sound. It was settled around 1665, and incorporated in 1694. Its early economy included agriculture andmaritime industries and its history has included boom and bust cycles from the earliest days of the community. When the whaling industry collapsed with the discovery of oil, the community’s emphasis shifted to cod fishing. By 1802, 15 to 20 ships were shore fishing and another four ships were cod fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, and by 1851, there were 48 ships employing 577 men and bringing in thousands of tons of cod and mackerel. The eventual decline of the fishing industry in Harwich by the latter part of the 19th century was caused by increases in the size of ships which eventually outstripped the shallow port’s ability to house them. Residents turned to the development of cranberry bogs and resorts for summer visitors, working side-by-side with Portuguese immigrants. The first resort hotel opened in 1880 and both the cranberry and the tourist industries remain substantial parts of Harwich’s economy in the present. In 1775, when Separatists and Baptists outnumbered Orthodox Congregationalists, Harwich burghers felt independent enough to refuse to support a minister with public tax monies and they continued refusing to do so for 18 years. The town showed religious diversity from the first, including residents who are Baptists, Methodists, Reformed Methodists (anti-Episcopal), Wesleyans and Catholics, among others. Commercial, motel and condominium development has been intense along the Route 28 corridor and suburban development has significantly decreased the remaining agricultural landscape, but the town retains much of its 19th century character, including period Portuguese farmhouses.

Town Location

Southeastern Massachusetts, on the southeast portion of Cape Cod. Bordered by Dennis on the west, Brewster and Orleans on the north, Chatham on the east, and Nantucket Sound on the south. Harwich is about 12 miles from Hyannis, 70 miles east of Fall River, 82 miles southeast of Boston, and 260 miles from New York City. Town offices are located at 732 Main street, Harwich, MA 02645. The Main number is 508-430-7513.

Name Address Telephone Town/Village Description
400 East Restaurant Corner of Routes 39 and 137 508-432-1800 East Harwich  
A & W Family Restaurant 297 Route 28 508-432-9838 Harwich Port Leisurely family-style restaurant
Alecsie's House of Pizza 181 Route 137 508-432-4550 Harwich  
Back Nine Cafe 183 Oak 774-237-0909 Harwich  
Bishop's Terrace 108 Route 28 508-432-0253 West Harwich Casual dining in our gazebo, on our terrace, and in our dining room. Bistro dining in our tavern.
Bonatt's Bakery 537 Route 28 508-432-7199 Harwich Port Best breakfast in Harwich Port.
Brax Landing Restaurant 705 Route 28 508-432-5515 Harwich A casual atmosphere and great food. We love this place! Outstanding brunch and reasonable prices. On a warm day sit out on the patio, watch the boats in the harbor and have a lobster roll to die for. Children's menu, too.
Bucas Tuscan Roadhouse 4 Depot Rd 508-432-6900 Harwich  
Cafe Capriccioso 707 Main Street 508-432-2214 Harwich  
Cape Sea Grille 31 Sea St. 508-432-4745 Harwich Port The menu is diverse and delicious. Start with the cucumber almond gazpacho then try the seafood paella, or the grilled salmon over goat cheese brushetta and truffle oil.